Tomorrow's Gospel reading is John 1:1-18, the "Prologue" to John's Gospel, which includes these unforgettable words:
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through him,
and without him not one thing came into being.
What has come into being in him was life,
and the life
was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not overcome it.
John's Gospel concentrates not on the details of the birth of Jesus Christ, but on the reasons for and the consequences of Jesus' coming into the world. Since Jesus came, the world has never been the same. The world can never shake off the effects of the thirty-three years Jesus spent on earth revealing God to us.
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek
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